Letís start by saying this is one of my favorite games of all time solely because of the gameplay. I love the great 3rd person fast paced gameplay of the game mixed with fighting huge ass bosses itís such a good mix. The strongest point of this game is not the story. The story isnít that bad it doesnít focus on a main character or even a couple main characters rather it focuses on 3 factions: NEVEC, Mercenaries and Fight Junkies. While NEVEC you as NEVEC and then EX-NEVEC. As the Mercenaries you play as the Mercenaries and the Waysiders. Then as the Fight Junkies you play as only the Treasure Borrachos, a group of Sand Pirates. There are 6 Episodes each with 3 Chapters with the exception of Episode 4 having 5 and 6 having 4. In each chapter there are at least 3-4 levels in which you must traverse and get to an exit which loads the next level. The bulk of the campaign is played by the NEVEC/EX-NEVEC with only 2 levels for the Mercenaries and one for the Fight Junkies, the remaining 3 are NEVEC.
The factions shift after each episode eventually leading up to a climax in which all factions meet to confront the Over-G, an enormous Akrid whose T-Energy consumption may trigger another ice age if not stopped. The over all goal is to destroy it. The game features some of the best boss battles Iíve ever played. One level has you running to the front of a train avoid a giant Cat-G Akrid called ĎRed Eyeí that starts to eat the back cars as you shoot of canisters of T-Energy in an attempt to slow it down. After that your helicopter crashes in the desert where you must fight sand pirates and eventually 2 giant Akrid that attack with sonic blasts. You get another train and then end up jumping from that train to another train that is mounted with a giant cannon on the front. Then you fight your way to front and must use the cannon as the ĎRed Eyeí returns. In the battle you must load shells, energize and shoot them at the ĎRed Eyeí. All while having to activate a cooling system if the train takes damage. There are also a number of things on the cannon deck you can activate such as a crane to get easy shells. This makes for an amazing level and one of the best boss battles Iíve ever played. Another has you underwater on a spiral base walkway thing battling a rotating experimental sub VS that launches seeking missiles at you. This along with the gameplay of the game is the strongest part of the game.
Another great part of the game is the music. The game features and awesome orchestrated score that is beautiful and fights great with the scenes and moments they put it with. The sound on the guns and VSís are good I think some of the guns couldíve been tweaked to be better but I have no complaints. Multiplayer and Co-op are a big part of the game. There is 2 player offline coop (though unplayable on anything small then a 50Ē flat screen due to the pitiful tiny split screen) and then 4 player online coop. This game has been out for a while and Iím surprised, pleasantly so, at the number of people online for both coop and multiplayer on the PS3. I have played a couple games coop and only about 2 multiplayer and I loved it.
Now for the important part. This is a statement about most Capcom games actually. This game has learned almost nothing from the first games mistakes.
Letís take a side trip to Monster Hunter for a second. I had Monster Hunter Freedom 1 on PSP years ago and remember how the sluggish animations, knockback and lack of decent camera control almost ruined the game for me. The animations are the biggest problem for me. For example: when you drink a potion your character always does an arm flex, this is unavoidable you canít do anything to interrupt it and you are completely vulnerable. It only takes a second but in this game thatís all the time it takes for you to get killed. When you eat some food youíll have to pat your stomach taking almost 2 seconds. When you get knocked down youíll have to roll about 20 times then take your time getting up. You see where Iím going? Then the knockback is god awful it takes so long and is so over-used. Then the camera, this is an action RPG. You have melee and ranged weapons. The ranged weapons work fine. There is no lock on or anything. You rotate the camera with the D-pad but move with the thumbstick so to rotate the camera you must take your thumb off of the thumbstick and hit the D-pad, leaving you vulnerable. You can use the L button to snap the camera but that will only get you so much. Also there are a ton of actions mapped to one button it is so confusing at times. This is the first Monster Hunter Freedom 1. I just got Monster Hunter Freedom 2 and Monster Hunter Freedom: Unite. Not a lot has changed from 1 to 2 and all the problems carry over. Now from 2 to Unite there were some minor changes but none of the bigger problems fixed. This is disappointing because besides the huge problems it causes for gameplay, it is a great game.
Moving back to Lost Planet 2. Problems for the first game like sluggish animations, stupid knockback and 50 different actions for one button, very similar to the problems to Monster Hunter. The animation problems are things like when you fall from a certain height you have to stumble and get to your feet which takes too long. The knockback isnít so bad in terms of getting knocked down but when you are getting hit with minigun fire you canít act. You can barely shoot; you canít throw grenades, roll or use your harmonizer. These are indeed big problems with the game but none of them have really distracted me from how fun the game is. The IGN review was done by a bias piece of *** named Arthur Gies, he has had numerous reviews in which all he does is b*tch about certain parts of the game that bothered him and not point out the good and fun parts of the game. It was a completely unfair review and itís obvious because of how low the Critics rated it compared to the Customer reviews. Almost everyone who played it loved it and gave it a 7 or above.
In closing the game has a great sense of customization. There is an unlock system where after every 10th level, up to level 30, you unlock a new outfit for that certain faction. After you beat the game you can use any of the faction characters in the campaign instead of the assigned faction. There is also points you get that are used in a slot machine to unlock weapons, outfits, titles, emotes and abilities that you can assign in your character screen.
All and all the game is great and even better if you like 3rd Person games with fast action. I say check it out it is worth a rent at least.[img] read